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The Lost Distillery Company – Jericho ($43): The Lost Distillery Company produces Scotch Whiskies that echo and are inspired by distilleries that closed long ago for one reason or another, often due to simple economics. Jericho was a Highland Distillery; this Scotch is a modern interpretation of what a Jericho Blended Malt Scotch would taste like today. The Jericho Distillery was in operation for 80 years, from 1824-1913. It was located in a remote area which helped it stay under the radar in the years prior to distillation becoming legal. Jordan Burn, a local source for clear water was used. Additionally the area was well known for barley production and the local hills were loaded with peat, all contributing factors to the Scotch that was produced.
The deep, coppery hue stands out when you pour Jericho. Aromas of toasted wheat and citrus are prominent on the nose. Toasted pecan, wisps of dark chocolate and dried apricot dominate the palate. The finish shows off chicory, vanilla, and bits of dried, savory herbs.

The Lost Distillery Company is a fascinating producer unlike any other. They’re dedicated to recreating the history of Scotch and I’ll be fascinated to taste what they add to the portfolio over time.

Jericho is a well-priced offering and it offers plenty of depth and complexity sipped neat. However it’s reasonable price point means blending it into a cocktail isn’t out of the question. It seemed appropriate to use Jericho to create an old time classic so I tried it in a Rob Roy and the results were delicious.

Rob Roy
2 Parts Jericho Scotch
3⁄4 Part Sweet vermouth
3 Dashes Angostura bitters
1 Cherry

Add all the ingredients (besides the cherry) into a shaker filled with ice, cover and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the cherry.

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